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November 9, 2020



Today's Top Stories


Airspace Arrives at Airbus A320 Entry Area

The Airspace concept from Airbus aims to bring common design elements to the company’s entire line of aircraft. The A320 family now has the updated boarding area on offer, with manufacturer FACC delivering the first updated version to be installed on a plane. The “Hero Light” overhead is what passengers are most likely to notice, but it's not the only change. Airlines are likely to be pleased with the weight optimization introduced through increased use of fiber composite materials.    

FACC | Related 40 Success Stories: When Airbus Prompted the Industry to Watch This Airspace – APEX Media



[VIDEO] New Aviation Disability Equality Training Course in the UK

In this episode of the APEX Weekly Wrap, hosts Maryann Simson and Seth Miller connect with Mary Doyle, accessible aviation consultant, disability equality trainer and accredited online coach, to discuss the disability equality training course specifically aimed at the global aviation industry, which she helped to create. Doyle explains, “The learning outcomes for this course are to understand disability from a disabled person's perspective, [and] make you aware of the equality laws and the best practice in aviation in the UK, in Europe and beyond.”  

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French Group Caught Selling Fake COVID Test Results

A group of seven people were arrested for producing forged COVID testing results for passengers at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris. The fake certificates were sold for 150-300 euros, allowing passengers to travel and enter foreign countries without having properly passed the testing requirements. Presumably demand for such documents will continue to grow as more countries push to relax inbound quarantine requirements in exchange for negative test results. But this also highlights why some countries continue to insist on testing inbound passengers rather than depending on foreign labs or certifications that are harder to validate.

TravelPulse | Related Some Air Passengers Are Faking Negative Covid-19 Test Results, Per U.K. Reports – Forbes



Gogo Sees Sequential Improvements as Industry Recovers

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo reported solid quarterly results on Monday, with the business aviation segment recovery running ahead of commercial aviation, which is on track to be sold to Intelsat before the end of the first quarter of 2021. While revenue remains down, the sequential recovery of the BizAv group year-over-year for both service revenue and hardware is promising. CEO Oakleigh Thorne describes it as an “encouraging continued service recovery” with subscription revenue per aircraft online just 6% off the peak the company saw in Q4 2019.

Gogo | Related Gogo Announces Entry into Agreement to Sell its Commercial Aviation Business to Intelsat for $400 Million in Cash – Gogo



Air Canada Reports $685M Loss in Q3; Canada to Begin Stimulus Talks

Air Canada’s year-over-year revenues declined 86% and the carrier experienced a $685 million net loss in the third quarter of this year. Total liquidity stood at $8 billion on September 30; the airline’s net cash burn amounted to around $9 million per day and is projected to rise to at least $12 million per day in the fourth quarter. CEO Calin Rovinescu noted that additional route suspensions will be put on hold as talks with the government of Canada begin later this week. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said that financial stimulus would be contingent on ensuring Canadians receive outstanding refunds. The Canadian Transportation Agency received 8,000 complaints between mid-March and the end of August, most of which are believed to be related to refunds.

Air Canada | Related Ottawa won’t support Canadian airlines unless they issue refunds to passengers: Garneau – GlobalNews



Virgin Hyperloop Carries First Passengers

A pair of passengers took a trip on the Virgin Hyperloop test track in Nevada on Sunday, making history as the first humans to ride in a hyperloop pod. The demo pod seats only two, while the production model aims to carry more than 20 travelers at a time. Similarly, on the demo track the pod only reached about 100 mph, well below the target of nearly 700 mph for a production system. Dubai’s DP World is a major investor in the company and was present at the tests. Ultimately the company hopes to deliver a hyperloop network across the UAE.

Globe Newswire | Related BIG designs Virgin Hyperloop Certification Center for West Virginia – Dezeen



Gilat, SES Expand Modem Partnership

Gilat scored a multi-million dollar follow-on order for modems from SES to help bring the O3b constellation online for more customers. Gilat’s modems will deliver multi Gbps throughput, delivering fiber-equivalent services for government and high-end enterprise solutions. Amir Yafe, head of Global Accounts at Gilat, noted that the company “shares SES' vision on the need for a combination of GEO and non-GEO stationary (NGSO) constellations to address the growing demand for affordable low-latency global broadband connectivity.”

Gilat | Related Gilat’s Airborne Technology Enables Opening-up of the Chinese Ka-Band IFEC Market and Driving a Multi-Million Dollar Market Opportunity – Gilat





This week, we're looking back at past covers of #APEXExperienceMag. Here's what they looked like in 2014!

The next issue of APEX Experience magazine will be released on November 17!

> Tweet of the Day

A 90% effective #COVID19 vaccine like this exceeds my highest expectations! Let’s hope that the end of 2020 good news continues! This could bring a quickened return for our world and @theAPEXassoc ⁩⁦@IFSAOnBoard #airlines in 2021!

Dr. Joe Leader @joepleader


Association News

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> Quote of the Day

“Once this pandemic is finally contained, airlines must be given a fighting chance to lead a global economic recovery by reconnecting the world."

Philip Balaam, Inmarsat Aviation
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Until tomorrow



The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.


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